Consider a cylindrical cave: A physicist's view of cave and karst science


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January 2016


We review the current understanding of the physics of caves and karst. Our review focuses on research that has used simple physically based models to improve understanding of processes that occur in karst. The topics we cover include cave atmosphere dynamics, transport within karst conduits, and models of speleogenesis and related processes. We highlight recent advances in these subjects and attempt to identify promising areas for future work. In our judgment, many of the most intriguing open questions relate to the interactions between these three groups of processes.


Carbon, Carbon Flux, Cave, Caves, Classical Karst, Co2, Coastal Karst, Croatia, Curacao, Dinaric Karst, Epikarst, Groundwater Monitoring, Hydrology, Isd, Italy, Karst, Karst Aquifer, Karst Hydrogeology, Karst Spring, Karstification, Paleokarst, Planinsko Polje, Plitvice Lakes, Polje, Recharge, Rock Relief, Slovenia, Speleothem, Spiders, Springs, Stable Isotopes, Subsoil Karren, Terrestrial Ispods, Time Series Analysis, Tracer Test, Uvala, Vadose Zone, Vietnam

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Acta Carsologica, Vol. 44, no. 3 (2016).